Georgian College has developed a new $1-million COVID-19 hardship bursary to help ease the financial burden students are experiencing as a result of the pandemic. The COVID Hardship Bursary will be split equally among eligible domestic and international students who are enrolled in a regular, full-time postsecondary program for the summer semester and demonstrate an urgent financial need.
“We fully recognize the financial pressure our students may have experienced as a direct result of COVID-19 and we are committed to supporting them in completing their semester successfully,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College. “During this pandemic, postsecondary institutions play a critical role in supporting not only our students, but our communities too. Each one of our students have individual goals, and we are dedicated to helping them reach those goals and producing talented graduates that contribute to a stronger economy and society.”
The college said the bursary has been established to provide immediate short-term relief and is not intended to be a source of long-term funding. The bursary is being set up to help students with housing costs, utilities or technology needed to complete their program. Before applying, students are expected to have explored all other sources of emergency funding such as study period income, support programs offered by the federal or provincial governments and OSAP.
The bursary has been established with the support of the Ontario Government, generous donors and the Georgian College Students’ Association.
Georgian also dispersed emergency funds to students during the winter semester including more than $80,000 for International students through the COVID Hardship Bursary, while domestic students received nearly $2 million during the academic year through a variety of bursary and other funding programs.
The college has also loaned more than 200 laptops to students to help complete the winter semester–with an additional 300 available for summer semester students.
Students who are interested in applying for the COVID Hardship Bursary can find the application form under the “money” tab on Georgian’s student portal. Applications will be accepted starting today (May 12) until Wednesday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m. Applications will be reviewed until June 15 and funds will be disbursed to eligible students shortly afterward.